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The Hunger Games beats The Three Stooges to US top spot

The Hunger Games

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games has continued its domination of the US box office for yet another week, holding off challenges from both The Three Stooges and The Cabin In The Woods to remain on top.

The film grossed $21.5 million to become the first film since James Cameron’s Avatar to remain at No. 1 for four consecutive weekends at the US box office.

The takings puts the film’s total US gross at $337.1 million, while globally it has taken $531.1.

Moe, Larry and Curly, aka The Three Stooges, earned $17.1 million in their big-screen revival, to take second spot while the Joss Whedon produced, Drew Goddard directed Cabin In The Woods placed third with $14.9 million.

The performance of the Stooges – which features Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso as Moe, Larry and Curly – pleased distributor Twentieth Century Fox, which is eying a new franchise involving the slapstick comedians.

Chris Aronson, Fox executive vp distribution, declared: “The movie rocks with those that it was made for. There is a whole new generation of Stooge fans now.”

Lionsgate officials, meanwhile, were also happy with the performance of The Cabin In The Woods, which seems to be benefiting from strong word of mouth.

James Cameron’s Titanic 3D and American Pie: Reunion completed the US top five.

International box office

Overseas, there was an upset created by James Cameron’s Titanic 3D, which placed top ahead of Peter Berg’s Battleship. But the positions are deceptive.

Titanic grossed $11.6 million internationally but is currently playing in 69 markets, compared with Battleship‘s opening 26.

That said, Titanic‘s world-wide total now stands at a whopping $190.5 million to further enhance Cameron’s box office credentials – he currently has the top two highest grossing films of all time.

Battleship, which opened internationally five weeks ahead of its US debut, is doing solid business despite failing to make the top spot.

In Asia, it posted an opening-day total of $2.8 million in South Korea, which marks the best ever for an English-language non-sequel and the third-biggest of all time behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Shrek the Third.

While in Europe, it took $3.7 million in the UK, did well in Spain and nabbed the biggest opening day of the year in Germany with $900,000.

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